McTech Corp – Military Police Headquarters

Founded in 1997, McTech Corp has quickly earned a reputation for quality and service that has enabled the company to grow and expand across the Midwest and Southeast. Headquartered in Cleveland, McTech offers general contracting, construction management and design/build services to clients in a variety of building sectors, including federal, healthcare, education and commercial.

The company excels in public bid projects for federal, state and municipal clients, always ensuring its work is completed on time and within budget. In addition, McTech values sustainability and establishing long-term relationship with its customers, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, says Ali Karimi, senior vice president of McTech’s Midwest Division based in Kansas City, Mo.

The Midwest Division of McTech has spearheaded a number of successful projects at the U.S. military bases in Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The company recently received the 2011 Design Build Institute of America Design Build Honor Award for Commercial Office Buildings under $10 million for its work on the 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters at Fort Riley.

Members of the 97th Military Police Battalion returned homed from deployment service in Afghanistan to a state-of-the-art command, control and administrative facility that encompasses approximately 16,000 square feet. Construction began in June 2009 and was completed two months ahead of schedule in August 2010, Karimi says. “One of the prime reasons why the design/build team was able to complete the project two full months in advance was due to adopting a fast-track approach to the project,” he says.

Teamwork Approach

McTech partnered with architecture firm VOA Associates and the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) to design and build the project. It pre-qualified its subcontractors and vendors to ensure the work would be completed with the utmost quality, Karimi says.

“It is our corporate philosophy that mutual respect, collaboration, communication and strong relationships with the subcontractors and suppliers are the key contributors to the success of our projects,” he states. “We depend on them when pursuing projects. Without [their] participation, we cannot secure future work.”

The two-story, steel-framed 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters features a brick veneer exterior with single and double soldier course headers and sills, and accented with EIFS in select locations, he describes. This blends well with the other new buildings constructed on the site nearby, he describes. The police battalion headquarters also features building systems, security, data and voice communications systems necessary for military usage.

One of the most interesting aspects of this LEED Silver-certifiable project, according to Karimi, is its incorporation of sustainable design and construction methods. Some notable green elements include:

  • Increased energy conversion and optimized energy performance; 
  • Use of renewable energy sources;
  • Water conservation;
  • Reduction or elimination of toxic and harmful substances; 
  • Use of recycled or recyclable resources and materials; and 
  • Recycling of construction waste on site.
Facing Challenges

Although many of McTech’s competitors struggle to complete challenging military projects with LEED requirements on fast-track schedules, the company faced very few obstacles thanks to coordinated teamwork and the utilization of BIM, Karimi attests. 

“Since the project was designed utilizing 3-D modeling software, the design/build team was able to coordinate mechanical clearances above the ceiling and the location of braces, windows and doors prior to construction and thus avoided many potential and costly conflicts,” he says.

“The other major technical challenge was the implementation of the new Army air and moisture barrier requirement for limited air leakage for the building envelope,” Karimi continues.

“The design/build team experienced one of the harshest winters during late 2009 and early 2010. With total teamwork and collaboration, the building exterior was tented and temporarily heated to continue with the application of air and moisture barriers, masonry work and other environmentally sensitive activities.”

Safety Comes First

Most importantly, McTech completed the project with zero accidents on site, he adds. “McTech’s philosophy of zero tolerance for safety violations was emphasized by conducting weekly walkthroughs,” Karimi says. “McTech and USACE conducted monthly safety audits with mandatory participation by the subcontractors.

“McTech also developed incentive plans to encourage buy-in from trade contractors and laborers,” Karimi adds. “Our design/build team achieved safety results well above the industry standards by combining incentives and prioritizing life safety on site, resulting in zero lost time accidents on a fast-track project that was completed two months ahead of schedule.”

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